A Twist on the Classics

Spider & Mummy

Glamorous Spider

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Supplies: Black long-sleeved bodysuit, 2 yards 48"-wide black velour knit fabric, 1 bag fiberfill, 4 to 6 marabou boas, felt squares (1 white, 1 blue, 1 teal, 1 black, 2 hot pink), 1 yard black elastic, fishing line, hot pink squeeze paint, large doll-making needle, hot glue gun, craft glue, 12 white pipe cleaners, 3 bug-shaped buttons

How-To: The base of this costume is a black bodysuit. To make spider body, cut 4 circles of fabric 16" in diameter. Make 2 pillows by sewing circles with right sides together, leaving a 3" opening. Turn right side out, and lightly stuff with fiberfill. Stitch opening shut. (No-sew option: Buy 2 round black throw pillows big enough to cover your child's torso.) Glue boas to one side of each pillow in a circular pattern until surface is covered. To make the spider's face, cut eyes, eye shadow, and lashes from felt, and glue onto one pillow. Apply glitter to eye-shadow area. Cut 2 lips from pink felt sheets, and sew together, leaving one edge open. Lightly stuff lips with fiberfill. Sew a lip line through the middle of both layers. Sprinkle glitter on lips, and glue to spider front. Cut four 4" pieces of elastic; use 2 to create shoulder straps that attach the front and back pillows together at the top and the other 2 to attach pillows at the side, below where your child's arms will go. Cut 8 spider legs from velour fabric, each 6" long and the width of the fabric. Fold right sides together, and sew long seam, leaving one end open. Turn right side out. Lightly stuff with fiberfill, and close the open edge by stitching to spider body at equal intervals along each side.

How-To: The base of this costume is a black bodysuit. To make spider body, cut 4 circles of fabric 16" in diameter. Make 2 pillows by sewing circles with right sides together, leaving a 3" opening. Turn right side out, and lightly stuff with fiberfill. Stitch opening shut. (No-sew option: Buy 2 round black throw pillows big enough to cover your child's torso.) Glue boas to one side of each pillow in a circular pattern until surface is covered. To make the spider's face, cut eyes, eye shadow, and lashes from felt, and glue onto one pillow. Apply glitter to eye-shadow area. Cut 2 lips from pink felt sheets, and sew together, leaving one edge open. Lightly stuff lips with fiberfill. Sew a lip line through the middle of both layers. Sprinkle glitter on lips, and glue to spider front. Cut four 4" pieces of elastic; use 2 to create shoulder straps that attach the front and back pillows together at the top and the other 2 to attach pillows at the side, below where your child's arms will go. Cut 8 spider legs from velour fabric, each 6" long and the width of the fabric. Fold right sides together, and sew long seam, leaving one end open. Turn right side out. Lightly stuff with fiberfill, and close the open edge by stitching to spider body at equal intervals along each side.

Mesmerizing Mummy

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Supplies: White sweatshirt and sweatpants, 4 yards of 45"-wide loose-weave white fabric, hot glue gun, rubber boots

How-To: Stuff sweatshirt and sweatpants with batting or towels to form a stiff surface on which to glue loose-weave fabric. Cut 15-20 pieces of fabric at various lengths, between 4" and 5" wide. Hot glue selvedge edges of fabric together to form 3 or 4 long strings of "bandages." Attach fabric to sweatpants and sweatshirt by wrapping loosely around the arms, legs, and body in a random pattern. Glue pieces down loosely every 3" to 5". Add texture by draping fabric loosely in some parts and tightly in others. To make head wrap, glue 6 pieces of bandage together. Loosely wrap around child's head, being careful to let eyes and mouth show. Finally, to complete the costume, use hot glue gun to wrap and attach several pieces of bandage around a pair of rubber boots.

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Copyright © 2001. Reprinted with permission from the October 2001 issue of Child magazine.

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